Delight can quickly turn to frustration when an excellent new recruit, who is just settling into the post, decides to accept a job offer elsewhere. But occasionally, you know they’ve made the right decision… [Read more...]
“No, you don’t need one. The night is not dark.” Frank, an ‘outdoor entrepreneur’ and head of centre, spoke with calm assertion to the 10 newly acquainted teenagers.
The group was visibly alarmed by his response. None had anticipated that their sensible request for torches (ahead of their night walk through an ancient Cumbrian wood) would be refused… [Read more...]
Crossing the Atlantic I was keen to test out Mr Branson’s latest in-seat multi-media technology. The hours passed quickly as I laughed at The Internship and cried with the Guilt Trip. As alcohol and altitude fuelled the emotions I got into the US spirit… [Read more...]
As my first year of business in York neared its end I arrived at work one Monday to discover a ransacked office. Cables were ripped out of walls, paper covered the floor and my only computer was gone… [Read more...]
Not long ago I attended an entrepreneurship conference that attracted people from all sectors.
The organisers kicked things off with a ‘motivational speaker’. The billing stated our man of purpose was a ‘leading entrepreneur and businessman’.
Now, in my experience these things are capable of giving business a bad name. I won’t mess you about. He had a shocker… [Read more...]
John Keats, the famous 19th century poet, became part of the Italian family holiday during the summer. His life fascinated me and helped me to understand the power of poetry for entrepreneurs…
Being 25 years’ self-employed I feel I’ve developed a ‘nose’ for judging whether a business or project might work.
The personal journey over the last quarter century has had its mix of success and failure; critical experience informing the senses as to whether something new can progress sufficiently so it bears fruit in the longer-term… [Read more...]